Edinburgh Northern 27

Gala YM 5

Joe Dickson

at Inverleith Park

AFTER a great start in the Bowl last week, Gala YM kicked off their East Division 3 game at Inverleith Park on Saturday full of cnfidence.

But they were second best to a well organised Edinburgh Northern.

YM just could not find a way through a very solid defence, although they managed a try in the last play of the game.

The Gala team, who were playing into the sun and up the slight slope in the first half, hardly ever got into the home 22 such was the Northern dominance.

Sustained pressure by Northern saw them open the scoring after seven minutes with an unconverted try in the corner.

Despite being on the back foot for the next half hour or so, dogged tackling by YM kept them out until a runaway try just before half time.

The conversion gave the home team a 12 point lead at the interval,.

A penalty goal increased the Northern lead early in the second half.

When YM lost Kevin Andison to the sin bin moments later the uphill task got even steeper.

Northern turned the screws and used the extra man to engineer an overlap for a third try.

They went all out for the bonus point try and with ten minutes left, a good move saw them over near the posts for an easy conversion.

YM wanted on the scoreboard and they dominated territory and possession till the end.

They were rewarded when Gregg Douglass powered over for an unconverted try.

YM’s man of the match went to Sean Macneil.

This week YM are at home to Dalkeith.